ArTaG

ArTaG … what?!?

In the spirit of creating a challenge for myself, I’ve come up with ArTaG – an art tagging game!

How many of us when feeling pressure have said, “I just don’t have time to sketch!”  “Stop overthinking and just do it”, I say, but starting can be the hard part. In order to help motivate myself, and to help myself be accountable to others, I’m tagging friends through messaging to see if they want to “play”!

4 minute sketch
4 minute sketch

I just did a 4 minute sketch and messaged it off to a friend who is now “it”; she has been tagged!  The tag sketching game is in her court!  Now I wait (go about my daily business – drink tea, eat chocolate, sketch more, hold my granddaughter, paint) for my friend to  complete her 4 minute sketch (hopefully within 24 hours to keep it fresh) and message it back to me!  The concept is to do new fresh sketches with each tagging.  The great part about ArTaG is you set your own length of time for the sketch!  It’s fun to experiment, try a 30 second, 1 minute, 5 minute or 20 minutes!  It’s amazing what can be accomplished in each of those amounts of time.  I like putting the date and time on the sketch to document my work.

Be on the lookout!  I may be tagging you, next!

Buzzing along …

This shows the beginning stages of my next three paintings, themed with bees and blossoms.
This shows the beginning stages of my next three paintings, themed with bees and blossoms.

One of my goals as Springtime approaches, is to incorporate bees into three collage/paintings measuring 11″x14″.  Above, you will see the beginning stages of my work using my blossom sketch, bees I’ve drawn and cut out pieces of paper.  I find as I walk outside and see beautiful pink blossoms on the trees and pink and yellow tulips popping, I want to incorporate those into my artwork.

detail of painted background applied leaves and beginning of painted blossoms
detail of painted background applied leaves and beginning of painted blossoms

Shown above are the blossoms I painted this morning as well as the background color and the collaged leaves.  While working, the thought crosses my mind, “do I want to apply any ink to these paintings, or just stay with embroidery for detail?”  Time will tell!

Have a great rest of your week!

The Daily Sketch

At the beginning of January, I decided to take part in doing a daily sketch through The Artist Table. Almost every day I’ve been doing my daily sketch/drawing.
This is a photo of what I did last night. I used a photo from earlier this year as my reference.
My level of comfort in using a brush pen is increasing. The sketches/drawings I create are without the use of a pencil and eraser. In other words, every single mark I make with the brush pen is permanent, whether I like it or not. It’s a great way to look closer and be more determined and accepting of each stroke,
I also find a challenge in creating the marks to denote values and shadows. The interaction and play of patterns can be quite fun!

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